LEARN TO FLY FISH PROGRAM

The GGACC's Learn to Fly Fish Program (the "LTFF program") is offered primarily for new Club members who have already learned to make basic casts with a fly rod and want to put their new casting ability to good use on the water. The goal of the LTFF program is to teach fly fishing knowledge and skills to beginners so they can better enjoy our great sport.

Through a combination of classroom teaching, in-the-pond casting instruction, and mentored or guided fishing outings (called "fish-outs"), the comprehensive 3 year LTFF program helps its students learn both how to fly fish and where to go in Northern California and beyond.  It is one of the most popular programs offered by the GGACC.

NOTE:  The LTFF program and its fish-outs are not intended for the club's more experienced fly fishers.  The Club's Rendezvous (Rondy) Program is designed for them.  "Rondies" are not mentored and are therefore offered exclusively to experienced fly fishers.  LTFF program graduates can participate in the Rondy Program, but it is off limits to all current LTFF students or any other beginners.

The LTFF's mentored program is 3 years long for most of its students.  It starts with the Beginners Class (Step 1) for the first year; a Novice Class (Step 2) in the second year; and an Intermediate Class (Step 3) in the final year.  The LTFF students can expect to make many new friends and hopefully some life-long fishing buddies.

The LTFF program is open only to GGACC members who have paid club dues for each year of their participation in the program.  You can join the club and pay annual dues online at the Club's website: www.ggacc.org.  Dues paid in December cover the following calendar year for new or current members.

Prospective students for each year's LTFF program must sign-up, beginning in December of the prior year, for the first posted February Class Day for the Beginner (Step 1) or Novice (Step 2) classes on the club Events calendar at ggacc.org.  Enrollment is on a "first to register" basis.  Students from the previous year's Beginner or Novice classes will have registration priority, and will receive an advance email alert for signing up for the coming year's Novice or Intermediate class.

Entering participants in the LTFF program should be able to make both a roll cast and an overhead cast with a single-hand fly rod to a distance of 25-40 feet.  They should have (or will purchase after the classroom sessions) their own fly rod (preferably a 9' long 5 weight) with fly reel and a matching floating fly line (i.e., a WF5F line); breathable chest waders; wading boots; and a wading staff.  Outfitted with this minimum equipment, they receive specialized casting instruction in the ponds during Step 1 & 2 classes (when club rods are also available) and can participate in the LTFF program's fish-outs offered for their class.

Those coming into the program with previous fly fishing experience may petition the Program Director (see contact info below) for written approval to skip the Beginner class and register for the Novice class instead.   This approval will be based on a verbal or written explanation of the applicant's prior experience, which at a minimum should include the ability to successfully fish small streams on their own, including the ability to select their own flies, tie up their own two-fly nymphing and dry-dropper rigs, and wade safely.  Having fly fished only with guides is not considered sufficient experience to qualify as a Novice.

LTFF students are strongly encouraged to attend the Club's monthly Free Casting Lessons at the GGACC's ponds, and the Skills Building Program lectures (also free) These lessons and lectures are usually offered on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

Step 1 & 2 students must be enrolled in their respective "class day" events before signing up for any of that class's scheduled fish-outs.  A release form must be signed to participate in fish-outs.  Not all students can be guaranteed a spot in each fish-out since the number of openings is limited.  An online wait list option is offered whenever the event limit is reached.  Any drop-outs will be replaced from the wait list until it is exhausted, after which it is the responsibility of the registrant to find his or her own replacement.

The fees charged for the classes and fish-outs are the minimum necessary to cover the LTFF program's costs.  Since this program is self-supporting and is not covered by membership dues, the fees are typically not refundable, but are negotiable between the respective parties for anyone taking over a fish-out spot from a paid registrant.

Pending weather, water conditions, availability, and participation, the following fish-outs (for trout unless otherwise noted) are the likely minimum planned for each class:

Step 1 Beginner Fish-outs:  North Yuba River, Main Yuba River

Step 2 Novice Fish-outs:  Luk Lake (primarily for bass), Lower Sacramento River, American River, NF Stanislaus River, Hat Creek

Step 3 Intermediate Fish-outs:  Pyramid Lake (NV), Lower Sac (for shad), Surf (for surf perch), Missouri River (MT), SF Bay (for striped bass), Upper Sac & McCloud Rivers, and Trinity River (for steelhead)

For any questions about the LTFF program, please contact either the program director (John Murphy,  650-799-1695, jmurphy7599@gmail.com) or a listed class leader.

Upcoming events

    • 02 Jan 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • online registration only
    • 3
    Register

    This posted event is ONLY for signing up the 2019 year’s class of Intermediate students for the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program by primarily currently registered 2018 LTFF Novice students, unless granted special permission to repeat this class.  

    The “Learn to Fly Fish”  (Step 3) Intermediate Class offers more guided or mentored, but also slightly more challenging “fish-outs” to all those current LTFF program students who participated in last year’s (Step 2) Novice Class. 

    These fish-outs are educational trips, not intended for more experienced club members (who can participate in the club’s Rendezvous program) or for beginners.  There are no required ‘class days’ (classroom instruction) for Intermediate Class, but there will be several special free clinics offered to help prepare for these fish-outs.

    If there are still spots in this Intermediate Class available after last year’s registered Novice students have been given a chance to sign up, then any remaining spots may be filled by previous year’s Intermediates wishing to repeat or possibly attend those fish-outs that they may have missed out on previously. However, we must limit the size of this class to only 30 persons (on a first-come, first-served basis) since the venues we book for all the various fish-out destinations are necessarily restricted to even fewer numbers than this.

    The Intermediate Class is the 3rd year of the typically 3-year long LTFF program in which we continue to expand the students’ fly fishing experiences to target more species in different waters.  Our goal is to give the LTFF program graduates the confidence and experience to go fly fishing wherever they may choose to follow their passion, and to help them to hopefully find long-time fishing buddies among their classmates to do this with.

    The Intermediate class fish-outs will be separately described and posted for registration on their respective dates on the club calendar as they are finalized.  The registered class members will get email alerts for signing up for all fish-outs so you won't need to keep checking the calendar for them.

    In addition to the fees charged for the cost of individual fish-outs (kept as low as possible through club or educational discounts, group camp site reservations, etc.), there is a class signup fee of $125 to cover the various administrative costs of this program.  

    You must register on this event site (Jan. 2) to be included in the 2019 Intermediate Class BEFORE signing up for any of the upcoming (Step 3) Intermediate fish-outs – so don’t dawdle or you may be left out.  A wait list will be generated for those unfortunate souls too late to be the first 25 eligible people to sign-up.

    This year’s Intermediates will have chances to fish in six or more fish-outs within California and at least one more out-of-state. Expect fish-outs for Lohantan cutthroats in Pyramid Lake, shad fishing on the Sac River, surf fishing in Pacifica, steelhead fishing on the Trinity (or other river), striper fishing at O'Neill Forebay, tight lining on the Truckee River, and hopefully more. 

    The highlight of the program, and everyone’s goal to try to get to (and hope get back to, if there's any chance for that!), is our trip to Montana on July 13-15, 2019 to fish the Missouri River, a real blue-ribbon tailwater. That trip includes a four-night (Fri.-Mon., July 12-15, 2019) stay in a large rented house right on the river, catered dinners, and best of all, three days of drift fishing with dries, nymphs, hoppers, etc. for feisty rainbows and big browns with really top-notch guides.  After the drift fishing, we will also try to arrange lodging for those folks wanting to stay on a few days to learn to wade fish the Missouri or other nearby rivers. 

    Usual rules and disclaimers:  You must be a GGACC club member in good standing (i.e., annual dues paid for the current calendar year) to participate in this program.  Since there will likely be a few more class members than available spots for every fish-out, you are never guaranteed a spot on any particular fish-out; all registrations will be on a first-come basis only.  There will be no refunds of fees for your class or fish-out registrations unless your replacement can be found.  (We will assist with this as much as we can with emails and wait lists, but otherwise it is solely up to you to find your replacement and recoup whatever you are able to for your spot.)

    As noted above, class size is very limited so SIGN UP NOW to ensure yourself of another spot in this terrific program – only then can you join us for more great times together while learning ever more about fly fishing.

    For questions, contact John Murphy (jmurphy7599@gmail.com

    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge, Golden Gate Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Note: GG Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program. 

    Those wishing to join the 2019 "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Step 1 Beginners Class, the 1st year of the club's 3-year long mentored fly fishing educational program (which is not a learn to fly cast program) should be sure to attend the October and / or November 2018 sessions of the club's 2nd Saturday morning "Free Fly Casting Lessons on the GGACC Ponds" in order to hear an announcement at 9:30am (just before the start of the lessons) of the date and precise time that the online registration will first open in the late fall of 2018

    Due to the expected size of the 2019 LTFF Beginners class exceeding the capacity for seating at tables in our Anglers Lodge, there will necessarily be two separate classroom sections -- a Section A on Saturday mornings and a Section B on Sunday mornings -- for the two 2019 classroom weekends of March 2-3 and March 16-17 (referred to as "Class Days 1 & 2", respectively).  These section groupings on Saturdays or Sundays will apply to these class days only, and not to the subsequent fish-outs. 

    To join the 2019 LTFF Program at the STEP 1 "Beginners" level (i.e., meaning that you have little or no fly fishing experience without guides and/or no formal training), you must be quick to register (online only, on the announced date and time in the late fall of 2018) at the LTFF STEP 1 "Beginners Class Day 1" calendar event for either Saturday, March 2, 2019 (for Section A)  OR Sunday, March 3, 2019 (for Section B). 

    Registration fee for the mandatory Class Days:  $100 payable online via credit card or PayPal account.  Besides the cost of books, hand-outs, badges, beverages, snacks, etc. for the class days, this fee also covers costs for putting on the offered LTFF Casting Clinics.

    Until the available openings fill up in any given class section, you may be able to choose your preferred section day when the large "Register" button appears on that day's event if you click on that quickly enough when the online registration is first opened on the announced date and time.  If this "Register" button has already changed to a "Join Waitlist" button, you may wish to click on that quickly before trying to register for the other Beginners class section day on its Day 1 calendar event (that same weekend).  

    Be very careful that you are navigating to the LTFF STEP 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1 calendar events on March 2nd & 3rd, and not by mistake to the LTFF STEP 2 "Novice" Class Day 1 events on those same dates.  

    Registration for those eligible (and granted express written permission) for signing up for any remaining Novice (2nd year) spots -- those not accepted by the previous year's Beginners -- will be opened on a separate date and time.  So there will be no large "Register" button nor "Join Waitlist" button visible to click on those two Novice Class Day 1 events.  Anyone choosing to skip the first year of the LTFF program must petition the Program Director for approval based on the described extent of their small river or stream fly fishing and wading experience -- without the use of guides. 

    Only current club members are eligible to participate in this LTFF Program -- and only current members will be able to register online on the announced 2018 date for opening of registration for the 2019 program (note: joining the club or renewing your membership in the last couple months of the previous year will be valid for the following calendar year, so be sure that you are signed up before trying to register).  

    Basic fly casting proficiency is a prerequisite to joining the LTFF program!  Unlike other fly fishing programs, our LTFF program is NOT focused on teaching basic fly casting skill, which is a skill that you will need to have acquired previously.  If you are learning to fly cast at GGACC, and if, after attending the club's monthly casting lessons for perhaps 4 or more months, you have made good progress at mastering loop control, line management, and line slipping at the "Novice Casting Level" (2nd level) -- OR, if you have been promoted by one of the casting instructors up to either the "Intermediate Casting (3rd) Level" or to the "Advanced Casting (4th) Level" in the club's 2nd Saturday of the month "Free Casting Lessons on the Ponds", you have likely achieved this expected basic casting proficiency. 

    If you are only a novice level fly caster now, you still have time to up your casting game in the months before the new LTFF casting prequalificaton clinic to be held mid-afternoon on January 12, 2019 (or on February 9, 2019, if granted permission to prequal then) following the GGACC's regular 2nd Saturday casting lessons on those dates.  Unless granted approval for prequalifying on Feb. 9, all 2019 LTFF Beginner registrants will need to perform some casting drills during that January 12th clinic in order to allow us to evaluate whether you can proceed to attend the upcoming class days and subsequent fish-outs, or whether you will need to give up your registration (your fee will be refunded) to someone on the waitlist, while you work on your casting skills to try again the following year. 

    There will be only one 2019 Beginners Class for purposes of class communications and signing up for all scheduled class fish-outs or clinics, even though this Beginners Class must be split into 2 separate "Class Sections" for the classroom instruction ONLY due to space constraints in our Anglers Lodge meeting room.   

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS LTFF PROGRAM IS ON A FIRST-COME BASIS ONLY AND THE 2018 YEAR'S CLASS FILLED VERY QUICKLY.  THE DATE AND THE EXACT TIME THAT ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL BE OPENED FOR NEXT YEAR'S CLASS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE OCT. & NOV., 2018 (2nd Sat.) FREE PUBLIC CASTING LESSONS -- and to those still on the waitlist from this past year's 2018 Beginners class via an email in the fall. 

    "LTFF" PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  This Step 1 "Beginner Class" is for the first-year fly fisher in the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program who has done very little or no fly fishing on his or her own. This program offers classroom instruction in each of the first two years, as well as an increasing number each year of mentored or guided fish-outs. This educational program is designed to help the Beginner (1st yr.) or Novice (2nd yr.) fly fisher or angler (in this case, one who already knows how to fly cast) to transition from the free casting lessons on the club ponds (or other suitable fly casting lessons) to fly fishing with club mentors (or, in some cases, professional guides) starting on small streams and later on lakes and larger rivers.  Intermediate (3rd yr) students are offered advanced clinics and exposed to a wide variety of fisheries in both Northern California and beyond, including the SF Bay and ocean surf. Besides the knowledge to be learned and all the fun we have in this program, it is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and life-long fishing buddies. 

    This LTFF Program is offered to new or current club members only and, in addition to prepaying the required membership dues, does require the payment of fees as needed to cover the club's costs for hosting or reserving different events, both for the class (and any casting instruction) as well as for the fish-outs.  The Beginner Class Day cost is $100 total for the two days of classroom instruction, including any subsequent specialized casting instruction offered on various announced 2nd Saturdays of the month.

    Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program, AS A PREREQUISITE, requires the ability to proficiently make relatively accurate presentations of the fly to at least 35'-40' with good loops and line control. This includes making both roll casts and overhead casts, with loop and change of direction control, line mgt. skills, and the ability to extend casts by slipping line during false casts as taught by the club in the Beginner and Novice sections of the monthly free public casting lessons (typ. held every 2nd Saturday of each month, see club calendar to register for these free casting classes).

    Participants are encouraged to develop their casting skills beyond these minimal prerequisite casting requirements as quickly as they can by attending as many of the club's free casting lessons as possible, and by participating in any LTFF Casting Clinics held on some of those same days.  The GG casting ponds are open on most days of the year for individual practice when not reserved on the GGACC calendar for club events. 

    Another excellent training ground for casting skills (being organized by Chris Korich) will be the new "Accuracy Casting Games" when they're held at the Golden Gate ponds as shown on the club calendar (likely moving to the 3rd Sunday morning of various months in 2019). 

    CLASS DAYS:  Attendance at class days is generally mandatory and requisite for being allowed to participate in fish-outs. The Beginners classroom instruction will cover required gear, knots, entomology, reading the water, and wading safety.  Specialized casting techniques will now be taught in LTFF Casting Clinics in the afternoons on 2nd Saturdays of the month for various months as announced later by emails. Casting instructors will work with you then to help prepare you for the 3 or more planned "mentored" fish-outs to be offered beginning in the late spring.

    We will be teaching classes for both the Beginners (1st yr students) and Novices (2nd yr, or by approval of the prog. dir.) on the same days again this year, with Beginners classes held in the mornings followed by the Novices classes in the afternoon each day. Since each day's instruction is only for the half-day, there will be no lunch provided for the students. 

    Beginners will be spending each class day in the Anglers Lodge from 8:30AM to Noon. If you are not familiar with where this is, please see the map included on our website under the "About us" tab. Please arrive promptly to get a name badge and seat. There is no need to bring anything to class other than paper and pen to take notes with. There will be a quiz on the 2nd class day, and the class days are purposely spaced two weeks apart to give students time to read the issued book, study their notes and hand-outs, and to practice tying those knots taught on the first class day.

    FISH-OUTS: The cost of the separately posted fish-outs will be listed on their event pages when posted, but typically run from $100-200 for Beginners depending on the destination and what the program's expenses are for that fish-out. These fees do not cover any your equipment costs, guide gratuities, driving expenses, certain meals, and any lodging costs. Only students who have registered for and attend the two class days will receive emailed notices of when the Beginner fish-outs are first opened for online registration sign-up and payment.

    Since there are not enough available weekends to create any additional weekend fish-outs in the program for the now much larger class size, the previous one-day fish-outs on any weekend will be scheduled as two separate one-day fish-outs on that same weekend, and all previous two-day weekend fish-outs will become two separate two-day fish-outs on Friday-Sat. and Sunday-Monday for Groups 1 & 2.  

    Most of the new Beginners fish-outs still need to be scheduled and the available mentors or guides confirmed before posting on the club's events calendar (or the LTFF Program's   extracted calendar found under the Events tab dropdown menu on the homepage). You don't need to watch or keep checking for these online postings, however, since the entire class will be notified simultaneously via a group email whenever one of your fish-outs is posted and also notified what date and time the online registration will be opened for it. 

    GEAR:  The special casting lessons on the dates that LTFF Casting Clinics are offered to the combined Beginners and Novices will generally require you to bring your own gear unless notified otherwise that club rods will be made available or used for these clinics. Unless told differently or asked to bring other gear, bring your fly rod (we generally suggest a 9' or 9'-6" long 5wt rod-- but any 4wt to 6wt fly rod of at least 7-1/2' length will suffice -- with reel, floating line, a 0X, 2X, or 3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' long, with a small piece of yarn tied on (in lieu of a fly with hook -- cut pieces of yarn are available in the clubhouse), and possibly (subsequent to the class days) -- when specially requested -- also chest waders (with wading belt) and wading boots. Owning your own "breathable-fabric, stocking-foot, chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled, or rubber-soled with studs) will usually be needed to get the most benefit out of what may be "in-pond" specialized casting instruction, and generally necessary for most fish-outs.  The class instruction will cover all the gear you will need to purchase, as well as some other gear that you may choose to buy, in order to participate in the fish-outs. Most fish-outs involve our camping in campgrounds (with motels as an added cost option).  Buying needed camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pad or cot, headlamp, lantern, stove, etc.) may be another expense if you don't already own this gear (or prefer not to rent it from REI).

    REGISTRATION:  The past year's Beginner class was quickly filled when the online registration first opened last fall, and a substantial waitlist was soon generated. The same is expected for the 2019 class registering on this Beginners Class Day 1 calendar event. Those interested in the following year's (2020) class may sign this event's waitlist to be notified by email next fall of the announced opening date & time of the online registration for that 2020 class.  

    For the 2019 Beginners class, you will need to REGISTER QUICKLY to have a good chance at a spot in this limited class. Class size will generally be limited to the first 40 new members to sign up (20 per section), but a prior year's Beginner student will be allowed to pre-register to repeat the class one time if that person is not ready to advance.  Couples hoping to enroll in the 2019 class together (and target the same class section if possible) should attempt to register simultaneously from different web devices using separate email addresses for each name (multiple registrations by the same contact are not allowed, so each contact must have their own email address).

    Registration Fee for the two Beginner Class Days (plus any LTFF Casting Clinics) is $100. This fee covers the cost of instructional materials and other miscellaneous class expenses only (all instructors' time is offered free by club volunteers). Registering and paying for the 1st Class Day covers registration for the 2nd Class Day.  Registrants will receive special badges to allow them to participate in the LTFF Class Days and Casting Clinics. 

    Additional Notes:  

    You must be a club member in good standing to BOTH register for and to participate in this program. You can immediately join or renew club membership, as well as for the following calendar year anytime after Nov.1 for the price of only the annual dues, by clicking on the "Join us" tab on the Home Page.  Family memberships must list the name and a separate email address for each family member (18 or over) hoping to participate in this LTFF program or other club programs requiring registration.  (Note:  While each registrant's name is required for the LTFF class roster, the online software recognizes all valid member contacts by email address for registration purposes rather than by their name). 

    All LTFF participants must be at least 18 years of age before registering for the program, and willing to provide valid proof of age identification if requested.    

    Due to restrictions for the given destination, river etiquette or other factors, there will usually not be enough spots available for all of the class's students to attend each fish-out. These spots can only be offered on a first come basis, so you are encouraged to sign up quickly upon receiving the emailed announcement of the date and time of each fish-out's online registration opening. 

    Students who have registered for a fish-out and later learn that they can't attend will be solely responsible for finding their own replacement to pay them directly for whatever they can collect if there is no one on the waitlist willing to take their spot. Since fish-outs must be scheduled months ahead and the program's expenses paid for in advance, club refunds are NOT generally possible.

    Lastly, we want to emphasize that this program is run by club volunteers and would not exist without the generous commitment of their time and efforts to make this program so very successful.  Participants in the program will be asked -- and expected -- to contribute however they can to helping out with this program or other club activities while they are LTFF students and after.  In due time subject to availability, graduates of this LTFF program are often asked to serve as fish-out mentors or leaders as their skill and experience permits.  If so asked, please recall what all your mentors' help meant to you. 

    For any questions not answered above, please contact:

    John Murphy, LLTF Program Dir., (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (Board Room)
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    The March 2nd and 3rd "Novice Class Day 1" dates are the class registration sites for GGACC members registering as 2nd year ("Novice") students in the 2019 Learn to Fly Fish (LTFF) program. 

    Initially, ONLY those students who were registered in the 2018 LTFF Beginners class (as 1st year students) may register for one of these two Novice Class Day 1 dates after they have been advised of the opening of the online registration for the 2019 LTFF Novice Class via email.  The prior year's Beginner students can then choose to sign up for the first day of the two weekends' Novice classroom instruction on either Saturday, March 2 (Section A) or Sunday, March 3 (Section B) depending on their personal preference for either day and where openings are available

    If there are any spots remaining in the 2019 Novice Class after the previous year's Beginners students have first had their chance to register, these spots will be offered to those who have petitioned the LTFF Program Director to be accepted into the LTFF program at the 2nd year level on the basis of their reported previous fly fishing experience and abilities, independent of guided fishing trips.  

    There will be only one (now larger) "Novice Class" for purposes of class communication and signing up for all scheduled Novice Class fish-outs or clinics.  However, this Novice Class must be split into 2 separate "Class Sections" (Section A and B) for the classroom instruction ONLY due to space constraints in our Anglers Lodge meeting room.

    [The GG Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this 2019 Learn to Fly Fish program.] 

    The "LTFF" PROGRAM:  This Step 2 "Novice Class" is intended for the second-year fly fishers in the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program, or for those with enough prior fly fishing experience to petition for approved permission to skip the 1st year.  Novice students are expected to already have a basic knowledge of at least the following:  fly fishing gear and the different categories of flies; the ability to correctly tie at least 4 basic knots in leader or tippet materials (i.e, surgeon's knot, surgeon's loop, improved clinch knot, and loop-to-loop connections) in order to rig for indicator nymphing or dry-dropper fishing; enough knowledge of entomology to identify the major categories of bugs serving as trout food; and to have learned to safely wade and to fly fish small streams or rivers for trout (or a similar species) without a guide doing all the work.

    The LTFF program offers classroom instruction in each of the first two years (and an increasing number of mentored or guided fish-outs for each subsequent year's class) with topics in the second year covered more quickly or in more depth, as well as introducing new topics not taught in the first year.

    In general, this educational program is designed to help the Beginner (1st yr.) fly fisher to transition from the free casting lessons on the club ponds to fly fishing with club mentors (or, in some cases, professional guides) starting on smaller streams and later on lakes and larger rivers.  Novice (2nd yr.) students will get more of the same exposure with a little more challenging instruction and venues. Intermediate (3rd yr) students are offered advanced clinics and exposed to a wide variety of fisheries in both Northern California and beyond. Besides the knowledge to be learned and all the fun we have in this program, it is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and (we hope) life-long fishing buddies. 

    This LTFF Program is offered to new or current club members only and, in addition to the membership dues, does require the payment of fees as needed to cover the club's costs for hosting or reserving different events, both for the class and any casting clinics, as well as the fish-outs.  The Novice Class Day cost is $125 total for the two days of classroom instruction and any specialized casting clinics held in the afternoons on various announced 2nd Saturdays of the month.

    CASTING PREREQUISITE for the LTFF Program:  Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program, AS A PREREQUISITE, requires the ability to proficiently make basic fly casts to at least 35'-40'.  This includes both roll casts and overhead casts as taught by the GGACC in the Beginner through Intermediate levels of our monthly free public casting lessons (typ. held every "2nd Saturday" of each month year-round; register for these free casting classes on the club calendar).  While this prior casting skill has been the requirement in years past, it has not been enforced -- BUT IT WILL BE in 2019, in order that some of those folks on the LTFF waitlists who are more qualified fly casters and more ready to receive angling (i.e. fishing) instruction are not deprived of available spots in the program. 

    All LTFF Novice (2nd yr.) registrants are expected to have ALREADY been promoted to the "Intermediate" casting level by the casting instructors (or consider themselves ready to be promoted to this level from the Novice casting level) in these 2nd Saturday lessons -- or have otherwise achieved (from other casting instruction) the ability to accurately (i.e. fairly consistently) make roll and overhead casts to hit 30" dia. targets up to 35' away with good loops and (slipping and retrieving) line control -- BEFORE the first Class Day on the weekend of March 2-3, 2019.

    Following the 2nd Saturday casting lessons on January 12, 2019, there will be an afternoon casting qualifier that the 2019 LTFF Novice registrants are expected to attend. (Those unable to attend the Jan. 12 qualifier or those failing this first qualifier may request and be granted a spot in the Beginners qualifier on February 9, 2019, or arrange to meet the LTFF Program Director at the GG ponds on an alternate date convenient to him).

    Anyone failing to demonstrate the expected level of casting skills in one or the other of these qualifiers will be asked to drop out of the LTFF program and will promptly be refunded their class registration fee as a PayPal credit.  They will be expected to comply with this request well in advance of the first class day to permit the evaluation of someone on the waitlist to take their spot in the classroom.

    LTFF participants are strongly encouraged to develop their casting skills beyond the prerequisite requirements as quickly as they possibly can by attending as many of these free 2nd Sat. casting lessons as possible throughout the year, and by participating in the LTFF Casting Clinics held on a few of those same days.  

    Another excellent training ground (being organized by Chris Korich) will be the new "Accuracy Casting Games" when they're held at the Golden Gate ponds as shown on the club calendar (likely moving to the 3rd Sunday morning of various months in 2019). The GG casting ponds are also open on most days of the year for individual practice when not reserved on the GGACC calendar for club events. 

    CLASS DAYS: The Novice class days will take a more advanced look at gear, knots, entomology, reading water, and introduce new topics such as stream presentation and stillwater fishing. Specialized casting techniques will now be taught in LTFF Casting Clinics in the afternoons on 2nd Saturdays of the month for certain months as announced later by emails. Casting instructors may work with you then to help prepare you for the planned "mentored" fish-outs to be offered later in the year, starting in late spring  

    We will be teaching classes for both the Beginners (1st yr students) and Novices (2nd yr, or by approval) on the same class days again this year, with the Beginners classes held in the mornings, followed by the Novices classes in the afternoon of each Section's class day. Since each day's classroom instruction is only for the half-day, there will be no lunch provided for the students on class days. 

    Novices will be spending each class day in the Anglers Lodge from 12:30PM to 4:00PM. (If you are not familiar with where this is, please see the map included on our website under the "About us" tab.)  Please arrive promptly to get a name badge and seat. There is no need to bring anything to class other than paper and pen to take notes with. There will be a quiz on the 2nd class day, and the class days are purposely spaced two weeks apart to give students time to read some of the issued book, study their notes and hand-outs, and to practice tying those knots taught in the first class day.

    FISH-OUTS: The cost of the separately posted fish-outs will be listed on their event pages, but typically run from $150-300 depending on the destination and what the program's expenses are for that fish-out. These fees do not cover any equipment costs, guide gratuities, driving expenses, certain meals, and any lodging costs.  Only students who have registered for and attend the class days will receive emailed notices of when the Novice fish-outs are first opened for registration sign-up and payment online only.

    Since there are not enough available weekends to create any additional weekend fish-outs in the expanded LTFF program, previous one-day fish-outs on any weekend will be scheduled as two separate one-day fish-outs on that same weekend and two-day weekend fish-outs will become two separate two-day fish-outs on Friday-Sat. and Sunday-Monday.  

    Fish-outs will be posted on the club calendar as soon as they are scheduled and confirmed. You don't need to watch for these postings, however, since the class will be notified by email when your fish-outs are posted and what date and time registration will open for each. The online registration for these fish-outs will be on a first-to-register basis only. 

    GEAR:  The special casting lessons on the dates that LTFF Casting Clinics are offered to the Beginners and Novices will generally require you to bring your own gear unless notified otherwise that club rods will be made available or used for these clinics. Unless told differently or asked to bring other gear, bring your own fly rod (we recommend a 9' long 5wt -- but a 4 or 6wt will suffice -- with reel, floating line, and a 0X-3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' long), and -- when so requested -- also waders (with wading belt) and wading boots.  

    Owning your own "breathable-fabricstocking-foot chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled or rubber-soled with cleats) will usually be needed to get the most benefit out of what may be offered as "in-pond" specialized casting instruction and, in any case, is REQUIRED for most fish-outs.  The class instruction will quickly cover all the basic gear you may own now or will need to purchase, as well as present other gear options that you may choose to buy, or may need in order to participate in these fish-outs. Fly lines especially will be covered in more detail in this Novice Class.

    Most fish-outs involve group camping in campgrounds (with motels as an added cost option).  Buying needed camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pad or cot, lantern, stove, etc.) may be another expense.  If you haven't car-camped before, feel free to ask for a suggested list of needed camping gear.

    REGISTRATION:  This year's Novice class will be mostly pre-filled by the past year's Beginners who are guaranteed a spot in the next year's class upon completing the previous year's class.  Also, a prior year's Novice student is allowed to register to repeat the class one time if that person is not ready to advance. In addition, new participants to the LTFF program who have sufficient prior experience fly fishing on their own (i.e., they know how to rig up and fish nymph and dry-dropper set-ups and wade fish small rivers on their own), may petition the program director to skip the first year and register for the few remaining spots in the Novice class each year.  If there are still one or more openings left after this, a general announcement will be made by email blast to the club membership.  After that, you will need to REGISTER QUICKLY to have any chance at a spot in this limited class. Class size will generally be limited to the first 40 people to sign up.

    Those failing to register in time for a spot this year and interested in next year's class may sign this event's waitlist to be notified by email next fall of the announced opening date & time of the online registration for the 2020 Novice class. A online waitlist will automatically be generated when the class limit of registrations has been reached (the large "Register" button changes to a "Join Waitlist" button). 

    Those with Family Memberships should check to be sure that each member is listed in their profile.  Those families hoping to participate as couples or legal partners in the LTFF program's classes or fish-outs should be sure that each spouse or partner has a separate email address listed in their membership profile since the program's website software will not allow for multiple registrations by the same contact (email address). Any questions about this should be directed to the Membership Chair (membership.ggacc@gmail.com).

    Registration Fee for the two Novice Class Days is $125. This fee covers the cost of instructional materials and other miscellaneous class expenses only (all instructor's time is offered free by club volunteers).  Registering online and paying for the 1st Class Day covers registration for the 2nd Class Day.  Registrants will receive special badges to allow them to participate in the LTFF Casting Clinics. 

    Additional Notes:  

    You must be a club member in good standing to BOTH register for and to participate in this program. You can join or renew club membership for the following calendar year anytime after Nov.1 by clicking on the "Join us" tab on the Home Page.

    All LTFF participants must be at least 18 years of age before registering for the program, and willing to provide valid proof of age identification if requested.   

    Due to restrictions for the given destination, river etiquette or other factors, there will usually not be enough spots available for all class students to attend each fish-out. These spots can only be offered on a first come basis, so you are encouraged to sign up quickly upon receiving the emailed announcement of the fish-out registration opening. 

    Students who have registered for a fish-out and later learn that they can't attend will be solely responsible for finding their own replacement (to pay them directly for whatever they can collect) if there is no one on the waitlist willing to take their spot.  Since fish-outs must be scheduled months ahead and the program's expenses paid for in advance, club refunds are NOT generally possible.   

    For further information, contact:

    John Murphy, LLTF Program Dir., (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 03 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge, Golden Gate Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Note: GG Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program. 

    Those wishing to join the 2019 "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Step 1 Beginners Class, the 1st year of the club's 3-year long mentored fly fishing educational program (which is not a learn to fly cast program) should be sure to attend the October and / or November 2018 sessions of the club's 2nd Saturday morning "Free Fly Casting Lessons on the GGACC Ponds" in order to hear an announcement at 9:30am (just before the start of the lessons) of the date and precise time that the online registration will first open in the late fall of 2018

    Due to the expected size of the 2019 LTFF Beginners class exceeding the capacity for seating at tables in our Anglers Lodge, there will necessarily be two separate classroom sections -- a Section A on Saturday mornings and a Section B on Sunday mornings -- for the two 2019 classroom weekends of March 2-3 and March 16-17 (referred to as "Class Days 1 & 2", respectively).  These section groupings on Saturdays or Sundays will apply to these class days only, and not to the subsequent fish-outs. 

    To join the 2019 LTFF Program at the STEP 1 "Beginners" level (i.e., meaning that you have little or no fly fishing experience without guides and/or no formal training), you must be quick to register (online only, on the announced date and time in the late fall of 2018) at the LTFF STEP 1 "Beginners Class Day 1" calendar event for either Saturday, March 2, 2019 (for Section A)  OR Sunday, March 3, 2019 (for Section B). 

    Registration fee for the mandatory Class Days:  $100 payable online via credit card or PayPal account.  Besides the cost of books, hand-outs, badges, beverages, snacks, etc. for the class days, this fee also covers costs for putting on the offered LTFF Casting Clinics.

    Until the available openings fill up in any given class section, you may be able to choose your preferred section day when the large "Register" button appears on that day's event if you click on that quickly enough when the online registration is first opened on the announced date and time.  If this "Register" button has already changed to a "Join Waitlist" button, you may wish to click on that quickly before trying to register for the other Beginners class section day on its Day 1 calendar event (that same weekend).  

    Be very careful that you are navigating to the LTFF STEP 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1 calendar events on March 2nd & 3rd, and not by mistake to the LTFF STEP 2 "Novice" Class Day 1 events on those same dates.  

    Registration for those eligible (and granted express written permission) for signing up for any remaining Novice (2nd year) spots -- those not accepted by the previous year's Beginners -- will be opened on a separate date and time.  So there will be no large "Register" button nor "Join Waitlist" button visible to click on those two Novice Class Day 1 events.  Anyone choosing to skip the first year of the LTFF program must petition the Program Director for approval based on the described extent of their small river or stream fly fishing and wading experience -- without the use of guides. 

    Only current club members are eligible to participate in this LTFF Program -- and only current members will be able to register online on the announced 2018 date for opening of registration for the 2019 program (note: joining the club or renewing your membership in the last couple months of the previous year will be valid for the following calendar year, so be sure that you are signed up before trying to register).  

    Basic fly casting proficiency is a prerequisite to joining the LTFF program!  Unlike other fly fishing programs, our LTFF program is NOT focused on teaching basic fly casting skill, which is a skill that you will need to have acquired previously.  If you are learning to fly cast at GGACC, and if, after attending the club's monthly casting lessons for perhaps 4 or more months, you have made good progress at mastering loop control, line management, and line slipping at the "Novice Casting Level" (2nd level) -- OR, if you have been promoted by one of the casting instructors up to either the "Intermediate Casting (3rd) Level" or to the "Advanced Casting (4th) Level" in the club's 2nd Saturday of the month "Free Casting Lessons on the Ponds", you have likely achieved this expected basic casting proficiency. 

    If you are only a novice level fly caster now, you still have time to up your casting game in the months before the new LTFF casting prequalificaton clinic to be held mid-afternoon on January 12, 2019 (or on February 9, 2019, if granted permission to prequal then) following the GGACC's regular 2nd Saturday casting lessons on those dates.  Unless granted approval for prequalifying on Feb. 9, all 2019 LTFF Beginner registrants will need to perform some casting drills during that January 12th clinic in order to allow us to evaluate whether you can proceed to attend the upcoming class days and subsequent fish-outs, or whether you will need to give up your registration (your fee will be refunded) to someone on the waitlist, while you work on your casting skills to try again the following year. 

    There will be only one 2019 Beginners Class for purposes of class communications and signing up for all scheduled class fish-outs or clinics, even though this Beginners Class must be split into 2 separate "Class Sections" for the classroom instruction ONLY due to space constraints in our Anglers Lodge meeting room.   

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS LTFF PROGRAM IS ON A FIRST-COME BASIS ONLY AND THE 2018 YEAR'S CLASS FILLED VERY QUICKLY.  THE DATE AND THE EXACT TIME THAT ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL BE OPENED FOR NEXT YEAR'S CLASS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE OCT. & NOV., 2018 (2nd Sat.) FREE PUBLIC CASTING LESSONS -- and to those still on the waitlist from this past year's 2018 Beginners class via an email in the fall. 

    "LTFF" PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  This Step 1 "Beginner Class" is for the first-year fly fisher in the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program who has done very little or no fly fishing on his or her own. This program offers classroom instruction in each of the first two years, as well as an increasing number each year of mentored or guided fish-outs. This educational program is designed to help the Beginner (1st yr.) or Novice (2nd yr.) fly fisher or angler (in this case, one who already knows how to fly cast) to transition from the free casting lessons on the club ponds (or other suitable fly casting lessons) to fly fishing with club mentors (or, in some cases, professional guides) starting on small streams and later on lakes and larger rivers.  Intermediate (3rd yr) students are offered advanced clinics and exposed to a wide variety of fisheries in both Northern California and beyond, including the SF Bay and ocean surf. Besides the knowledge to be learned and all the fun we have in this program, it is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and life-long fishing buddies. 

    This LTFF Program is offered to new or current club members only and, in addition to prepaying the required membership dues, does require the payment of fees as needed to cover the club's costs for hosting or reserving different events, both for the class (and any casting instruction) as well as for the fish-outs.  The Beginner Class Day cost is $100 total for the two days of classroom instruction, including any subsequent specialized casting instruction offered on various announced 2nd Saturdays of the month.

    Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program, AS A PREREQUISITE, requires the ability to proficiently make relatively accurate presentations of the fly to at least 35'-40' with good loops and line control. This includes making both roll casts and overhead casts, with loop and change of direction control, line mgt. skills, and the ability to extend casts by slipping line during false casts as taught by the club in the Beginner and Novice sections of the monthly free public casting lessons (typ. held every 2nd Saturday of each month, see club calendar to register for these free casting classes).

    Participants are encouraged to develop their casting skills beyond these minimal prerequisite casting requirements as quickly as they can by attending as many of the club's free casting lessons as possible, and by participating in any LTFF Casting Clinics held on some of those same days.  The GG casting ponds are open on most days of the year for individual practice when not reserved on the GGACC calendar for club events. 

    Another excellent training ground for casting skills (being organized by Chris Korich) will be the new "Accuracy Casting Games" when they're held at the Golden Gate ponds as shown on the club calendar (likely moving to the 3rd Sunday morning of various months in 2019). 

    CLASS DAYS:  Attendance at class days is generally mandatory and requisite for being allowed to participate in fish-outs. The Beginners classroom instruction will cover required gear, knots, entomology, reading the water, and wading safety.  Specialized casting techniques will now be taught in LTFF Casting Clinics in the afternoons on 2nd Saturdays of the month for various months as announced later by emails. Casting instructors will work with you then to help prepare you for the 3 or more planned "mentored" fish-outs to be offered beginning in the late spring.

    We will be teaching classes for both the Beginners (1st yr students) and Novices (2nd yr, or by approval of the prog. dir.) on the same days again this year, with Beginners classes held in the mornings followed by the Novices classes in the afternoon each day. Since each day's instruction is only for the half-day, there will be no lunch provided for the students. 

    Beginners will be spending each class day in the Anglers Lodge from 8:30AM to Noon. If you are not familiar with where this is, please see the map included on our website under the "About us" tab. Please arrive promptly to get a name badge and seat. There is no need to bring anything to class other than paper and pen to take notes with. There will be a quiz on the 2nd class day, and the class days are purposely spaced two weeks apart to give students time to read the issued book, study their notes and hand-outs, and to practice tying those knots taught on the first class day.

    FISH-OUTS: The cost of the separately posted fish-outs will be listed on their event pages when posted, but typically run from $100-200 for Beginners depending on the destination and what the program's expenses are for that fish-out. These fees do not cover any your equipment costs, guide gratuities, driving expenses, certain meals, and any lodging costs. Only students who have registered for and attend the two class days will receive emailed notices of when the Beginner fish-outs are first opened for online registration sign-up and payment.

    Since there are not enough available weekends to create any additional weekend fish-outs in the program for the now much larger class size, the previous one-day fish-outs on any weekend will be scheduled as two separate one-day fish-outs on that same weekend, and all previous two-day weekend fish-outs will become two separate two-day fish-outs on Friday-Sat. and Sunday-Monday for Groups 1 & 2.  

    Most of the new Beginners fish-outs still need to be scheduled and the available mentors or guides confirmed before posting on the club's events calendar (or the LTFF Program's   extracted calendar found under the Events tab dropdown menu on the homepage). You don't need to watch or keep checking for these online postings, however, since the entire class will be notified simultaneously via a group email whenever one of your fish-outs is posted and also notified what date and time the online registration will be opened for it. 

    GEAR:  The special casting lessons on the dates that LTFF Casting Clinics are offered to the combined Beginners and Novices will generally require you to bring your own gear unless notified otherwise that club rods will be made available or used for these clinics. Unless told differently or asked to bring other gear, bring your fly rod (we generally suggest a 9' or 9'-6" long 5wt rod-- but any 4wt to 6wt fly rod of at least 7-1/2' length will suffice -- with reel, floating line, a 0X, 2X, or 3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' long, with a small piece of yarn tied on (in lieu of a fly with hook -- cut pieces of yarn are available in the clubhouse), and possibly (subsequent to the class days) -- when specially requested -- also chest waders (with wading belt) and wading boots. Owning your own "breathable-fabric, stocking-foot, chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled, or rubber-soled with studs) will usually be needed to get the most benefit out of what may be "in-pond" specialized casting instruction, and generally necessary for most fish-outs.  The class instruction will cover all the gear you will need to purchase, as well as some other gear that you may choose to buy, in order to participate in the fish-outs. Most fish-outs involve our camping in campgrounds (with motels as an added cost option).  Buying needed camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pad or cot, headlamp, lantern, stove, etc.) may be another expense if you don't already own this gear (or prefer not to rent it from REI).

    REGISTRATION:  The past year's Beginner class was quickly filled when the online registration first opened last fall, and a substantial waitlist was soon generated. The same is expected for the 2019 class registering on this Beginners Class Day 1 calendar event. Those interested in the following year's (2020) class may sign this event's waitlist to be notified by email next fall of the announced opening date & time of the online registration for that 2020 class.  

    For the 2019 Beginners class, you will need to REGISTER QUICKLY to have a good chance at a spot in this limited class. Class size will generally be limited to the first 40 new members to sign up (20 per section), but a prior year's Beginner student will be allowed to pre-register to repeat the class one time if that person is not ready to advance.  Couples hoping to enroll in the 2019 class together (and target the same class section if possible) should attempt to register simultaneously from different web devices using separate email addresses for each name (multiple registrations by the same contact are not allowed, so each contact must have their own email address).

    Registration Fee for the two Beginner Class Days (plus any LTFF Casting Clinics) is $100. This fee covers the cost of instructional materials and other miscellaneous class expenses only (all instructors' time is offered free by club volunteers). Registering and paying for the 1st Class Day covers registration for the 2nd Class Day.  Registrants will receive special badges to allow them to participate in the LTFF Class Days and Casting Clinics. 

    Additional Notes:  

    You must be a club member in good standing to BOTH register for and to participate in this program. You can immediately join or renew club membership, as well as for the following calendar year anytime after Nov.1 for the price of only the annual dues, by clicking on the "Join us" tab on the Home Page.  Family memberships must list the name and a separate email address for each family member (18 or over) hoping to participate in this LTFF program or other club programs requiring registration.  (Note:  While each registrant's name is required for the LTFF class roster, the online software recognizes all valid member contacts by email address for registration purposes rather than by their name). 

    All LTFF participants must be at least 18 years of age before registering for the program, and willing to provide valid proof of age identification if requested.    

    Due to restrictions for the given destination, river etiquette or other factors, there will usually not be enough spots available for all of the class's students to attend each fish-out. These spots can only be offered on a first come basis, so you are encouraged to sign up quickly upon receiving the emailed announcement of the date and time of each fish-out's online registration opening. 

    Students who have registered for a fish-out and later learn that they can't attend will be solely responsible for finding their own replacement to pay them directly for whatever they can collect if there is no one on the waitlist willing to take their spot. Since fish-outs must be scheduled months ahead and the program's expenses paid for in advance, club refunds are NOT generally possible.

    Lastly, we want to emphasize that this program is run by club volunteers and would not exist without the generous commitment of their time and efforts to make this program so very successful.  Participants in the program will be asked -- and expected -- to contribute however they can to helping out with this program or other club activities while they are LTFF students and after.  In due time subject to availability, graduates of this LTFF program are often asked to serve as fish-out mentors or leaders as their skill and experience permits.  If so asked, please recall what all your mentors' help meant to you. 

    For any questions not answered above, please contact:

    John Murphy, LLTF Program Dir., (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 03 Mar 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge (Board Room)
    • 4
    Register

    The March 2nd and 3rd "Novice Class Day 1" dates are the class registration sites for GGACC members registering as 2nd year ("Novice") students in the 2019 Learn to Fly Fish (LTFF) program. 

    Initially, ONLY those students who were registered in the 2018 LTFF Beginners class (as 1st year students) may register for one of these two Novice Class Day 1 dates after they have been advised of the opening of the online registration for the 2019 LTFF Novice Class via email.  The prior year's Beginner students can then choose to sign up for the first day of the two weekends' Novice classroom instruction on either Saturday, March 2 (Section A) or Sunday, March 3 (Section B) depending on their personal preference for either day and where openings are available. 

    If there are any spots remaining in the 2019 Novice Class after the previous year's Beginners students have first had their chance to register, these spots will be offered to those who have petitioned the LTFF Program Director to be accepted into the LTFF program at the 2nd year level on the basis of their reported previous fly fishing experience and abilities, independent of guided fishing trips.  

    There will be only one (now larger) "Novice Class" for purposes of class communication and signing up for all scheduled Novice Class fish-outs or clinics.  However, this Novice Class must be split into 2 separate "Class Sections" (Section A and B) for the classroom instruction ONLY due to space constraints in our Anglers Lodge meeting room.

    [The GG Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this 2019 Learn to Fly Fish program.] 

    The "LTFF" PROGRAM:  This Step 2 "Novice Class" is intended for the second-year fly fishers in the GGACC's 3-yr. long "Learn to Fly Fish" (LTFF) Program, or for those with enough prior fly fishing experience to petition for approved permission to skip the 1st year.  Novice students are expected to already have a basic knowledge of at least the following:  fly fishing gear and the different categories of flies; the ability to correctly tie at least 4 basic knots in leader or tippet materials (i.e, surgeon's knot, surgeon's loop, improved clinch knot, and loop-to-loop connections) in order to rig for indicator nymphing or dry-dropper fishing; enough knowledge of entomology to identify the major categories of bugs serving as trout food; and to have learned to safely wade and to fly fish small streams or rivers for trout (or a similar species) without a guide doing all the work.

    The LTFF program offers classroom instruction in each of the first two years (and an increasing number of mentored or guided fish-outs for each subsequent year's class) with topics in the second year covered more quickly or in more depth, as well as introducing new topics not taught in the first year.

    In general, this educational program is designed to help the Beginner (1st yr.) fly fisher to transition from the free casting lessons on the club ponds to fly fishing with club mentors (or, in some cases, professional guides) starting on smaller streams and later on lakes and larger rivers.  Novice (2nd yr.) students will get more of the same exposure with a little more challenging instruction and venues. Intermediate (3rd yr) students are offered advanced clinics and exposed to a wide variety of fisheries in both Northern California and beyond. Besides the knowledge to be learned and all the fun we have in this program, it is also a wonderful way to gain new friends and (we hope) life-long fishing buddies. 

    This LTFF Program is offered to new or current club members only and, in addition to the membership dues, does require the payment of fees as needed to cover the club's costs for hosting or reserving different events, both for the class and any casting clinics, as well as the fish-outs.  The Novice Class Day cost is $125 total for the two days of classroom instruction and any specialized casting clinics held in the afternoons on various announced 2nd Saturdays of the month.

    CASTING PREREQUISITE for the LTFF Program:  Participation in this Learn to Fly Fish program, AS A PREREQUISITE, requires the ability to proficiently make basic fly casts to at least 35'-40'.  This includes both roll casts and overhead casts as taught by the GGACC in the Beginner through Intermediate levels of our monthly free public casting lessons (typ. held every "2nd Saturday" of each month year-round; register for these free casting classes on the club calendar).  While this prior casting skill has been the requirement in years past, it has not been enforced -- BUT IT WILL BE in 2019, in order that some of those folks on the LTFF waitlists who are more qualified fly casters and more ready to receive angling (i.e. fishing) instruction are not deprived of available spots in the program. 

    All LTFF registrants are expected to have ALREADY been promoted to the "Intermediate" casting level by the casting instructors (or consider themselves ready to be promoted to this level from the Novice casting level) in these 2nd Saturday lessons -- or have otherwise achieved (from other casting instruction) the ability to accurately (i.e. fairly consistently) make roll and overhead casts to hit 30" dia. targets up to 35' away with good loops and (slipping and retrieving) line control -- BEFORE the first Class Day on the weekend of March 2-3, 2019.

    Following the 2nd Saturday casting lessons on January 12, 2019, there will be an afternoon casting qualifier that the 2019 LTFF Novice registrants are expected to attend. (Those unable to attend the Jan. 12 qualifier or those failing this first qualifier may request and be granted a spot in the Beginners qualifier on February 9, 2019, or arrange to meet the LTFF Program Director at the GG ponds on an alternate date convenient to him).

    Anyone failing to demonstrate the expected level of casting skills in one or the other of these qualifiers will be asked to drop out of the LTFF program and will promptly be refunded their class registration fee as a PayPal credit.  They will be expected to comply with this request well in advance of the first class day to permit the evaluation of someone on the waitlist to take their spot in the classroom.

    LTFF participants are strongly encouraged to develop their casting skills beyond the prerequisite requirements as quickly as they possibly can by attending as many of these free 2nd Sat. casting lessons as possible throughout the year, and by participating in the LTFF Casting Clinics held on a few of those same days.  

    Another excellent training ground (being organized by Chris Korich) will be the new "Accuracy Casting Games" when they're held at the Golden Gate ponds as shown on the club calendar (likely moving to the 3rd Sunday morning of various months in 2019). The GG casting ponds are also open on most days of the year for individual practice when not reserved on the GGACC calendar for club events. 

    CLASS DAYS: The Novice class days will take a more advanced look at gear, knots, entomology, reading water, and introduce new topics such as stream presentation and stillwater fishing. Specialized casting techniques will now be taught in LTFF Casting Clinics in the afternoons on 2nd Saturdays of the month for certain months as announced later by emails. Casting instructors may work with you then to help prepare you for the planned "mentored" fish-outs to be offered later in the year, starting in late spring  

    We will be teaching classes for both the Beginners (1st yr students) and Novices (2nd yr, or by approval) on the same class days again this year, with the Beginners classes held in the mornings, followed by the Novices classes in the afternoon of each Section's class day. Since each day's classroom instruction is only for the half-day, there will be no lunch provided for the students on class days. 

    Novices will be spending each class day in the Anglers Lodge from 12:30PM to 4:00PM. (If you are not familiar with where this is, please see the map included on our website under the "About us" tab.)  Please arrive promptly to get a name badge and seat. There is no need to bring anything to class other than paper and pen to take notes with. There will be a quiz on the 2nd class day, and the class days are purposely spaced two weeks apart to give students time to read some of the issued book, study their notes and hand-outs, and to practice tying those knots taught in the first class day.

    FISH-OUTS: The cost of the separately posted fish-outs will be listed on their event pages, but typically run from $150-300 depending on the destination and what the program's expenses are for that fish-out. These fees do not cover any equipment costs, guide gratuities, driving expenses, certain meals, and any lodging costs.  Only students who have registered for and attend the class days will receive emailed notices of when the Novice fish-outs are first opened for registration sign-up and payment online only.

    Since there are not enough available weekends to create any additional weekend fish-outs in the expanded LTFF program, previous one-day fish-outs on any weekend will be scheduled as two separate one-day fish-outs on that same weekend and two-day weekend fish-outs will become two separate two-day fish-outs on Friday-Sat. and Sunday-Monday.  

    Fish-outs will be posted on the club calendar as soon as they are scheduled and confirmed. You don't need to watch for these postings, however, since the class will be notified by email when your fish-outs are posted and what date and time registration will open for each. The online registration for these fish-outs will be on a first-to-register basis only. 

    GEAR:  The special casting lessons on the dates that LTFF Casting Clinics are offered to the Beginners and Novices will generally require you to bring your own gear unless notified otherwise that club rods will be made available or used for these clinics. Unless told differently or asked to bring other gear, bring your own fly rod (we recommend a 9' long 5wt -- but a 4 or 6wt will suffice -- with reel, floating line, and a 0X-3X tapered practice leader that's at least 6' long), and -- when so requested -- also waders (with wading belt) and wading boots.  

    Owning your own "breathable-fabricstocking-foot chest waders" and a pair of good wading boots (felt-soled or rubber-soled with cleats) will usually be needed to get the most benefit out of what may be offered as "in-pond" specialized casting instruction and, in any case, is REQUIRED for most fish-outs.  The class instruction will quickly cover all the basic gear you may own now or will need to purchase, as well as present other gear options that you may choose to buy, or may need in order to participate in these fish-outs. Fly lines especially will be covered in more detail in this Novice Class.

    Most fish-outs involve group camping in campgrounds (with motels as an added cost option).  Buying needed camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pad or cot, lantern, stove, etc.) may be another expense.  If you haven't car-camped before, feel free to ask for a suggested list of needed camping gear.

    REGISTRATION:  This year's Novice class will be mostly pre-filled by the past year's Beginners who are guaranteed a spot in the next year's class upon completing the previous year's class.  Also, a prior year's Novice student is allowed to register to repeat the class one time if that person is not ready to advance. In addition, new participants to the LTFF program who have sufficient prior experience fly fishing on their own (i.e., they know how to rig up and fish nymph and dry-dropper set-ups and wade fish small rivers on their own), may petition the program director to skip the first year and register for the few remaining spots in the Novice class each year.  If there are still one or more openings left after this, a general announcement will be made by email blast to the club membership.  After that, you will need to REGISTER QUICKLY to have any chance at a spot in this limited class. Class size will generally be limited to the first 40 people to sign up.

    Those failing to register in time for a spot this year and interested in next year's class may sign this event's waitlist to be notified by email next fall of the announced opening date & time of the online registration for the 2020 Novice class. A online waitlist will automatically be generated when the class limit of registrations has been reached (the large "Register" button changes to a "Join Waitlist" button). 

    Those with Family Memberships should check to be sure that each member is listed in their profile.  Those families hoping to participate as couples or legal partners in the LTFF program's classes or fish-outs should be sure that each spouse or partner has a separate email address listed in their membership profile since the program's website software will not allow for multiple registrations by the same contact (email address). Any questions about this should be directed to the Membership Chair (membership.ggacc@gmail.com).

    Registration Fee for the two Novice Class Days is $125. This fee covers the cost of instructional materials and other miscellaneous class expenses only (all instructor's time is offered free by club volunteers).  Registering online and paying for the 1st Class Day covers registration for the 2nd Class Day.  Registrants will receive special badges to allow them to participate in the LTFF Casting Clinics. 

    Additional Notes:  

    You must be a club member in good standing to BOTH register for and to participate in this program. You can join or renew club membership for the following calendar year anytime after Nov.1 by clicking on the "Join us" tab on the Home Page.

    All LTFF participants must be at least 18 years of age before registering for the program, and willing to provide valid proof of age identification if requested.   

    Due to restrictions for the given destination, river etiquette or other factors, there will usually not be enough spots available for all class students to attend each fish-out. These spots can only be offered on a first come basis, so you are encouraged to sign up quickly upon receiving the emailed announcement of the fish-out registration opening. 

    Students who have registered for a fish-out and later learn that they can't attend will be solely responsible for finding their own replacement (to pay them directly for whatever they can collect) if there is no one on the waitlist willing to take their spot.  Since fish-outs must be scheduled months ahead and the program's expenses paid for in advance, club refunds are NOT generally possible.   

    For further information, contact:

    John Murphy, LLTF Program Dir., (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    The Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program. 

    This event is the 2nd Class Day of Step 1 "Beginners" Class instruction for Section A  registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. (There will be a Novice class in the meeting room from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this class on the 1st Class Day event posting for Section A on Saturday, March 2, 2019. 

    Since this is a half-day class only, there will be no lunch offered to students.

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on either March 2nd or March 3rd, 2019, for the LTFF Step 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1.

    Contact for questions:  John B. Murphy, LTFF Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    The Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program. 

    This event is the 2nd Class Day of the Step 2 "Novice" Class instruction for Section A  registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. (There will be a Beginner class in the meeting room from 8:30am to 12:00 noon.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this Novice class on the 1st Class Day event posting for Section A on March 2, 2019. 

    Since this is a half-day class only, there will be no lunch offered to students.

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on March 2rd, 2019, for Step 2 "Novice" Class Day 1.

    Contact info:  John B. Murphy, LTFF Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)gmail.com)




    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    The Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program. 

    This event is the 2nd Class Day of Step 1 "Beginners" Class instruction for Section B  registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. (There will be a Novice class in the meeting room from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this class on the 1st Class Day event posting for Section B on Sunday, March 3, 2019. 

    Since this is a half-day class only, there will be no lunch offered to students.

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on either March 2nd or March 3rd, 2019, for the LTFF Step 1 "Beginners" Class Day 1.

    Contact for questions:  John B. Murphy, LTFF Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)


    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Anglers Lodge meeting room, GG Park

    The Angler's Lodge (Board Room) is reserved exclusively for this scheduled event for those registered club members participating in this year's Learn to Fly Fish program. 

    This event is the 2nd Class Day of the Step 2 "Novice" Class instruction for Section B registered students in the "Learn to Fly Fish" Program, taking place in the clubhouse meeting room ONLY from 12:30pm to 4:00pm. (There will be a Beginner class in the meeting room from 8:30am to 12:00 noon.)  This event is open to only those eligible club members who signed up and paid for this Novice class on the 1st Class Day event posting for Section B on March 3, 2019. 

    Since this is a half-day class only, there will be no lunch offered to students.

    For further information regarding this event, see the calendar event on March 3rd, 2019, for Step 2 "Novice" Class Day 1.

    Contact info:  John B. Murphy, LTFF Prog.Dir. (jmurphy7599@gmail.com)gmail.com)




Questions? Please direct your inquiries to the appropriate mail box:

General Information:

club.ggacc@gmail.com

Rondy Program:

rondy.ggacc@gmail.com

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